Go ahead and go

 

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Earthquake damage in Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Don’t have enough time to travel? Go ahead and go anyway. A short trip is better than none at all.

The same advice applies to lots of other parts of life. Whenever you find yourself thinking you don’t have enough money, time, experience, connections or whatever? Go ahead and do what you can from wherever you are.

 

Stop making excuses

It’s frustrating to me when I hear people say something along the lines of “I’d really like to do this or that but I don’t have the time or money or experience or (fill in the blank).” Why not take the resources you do have and use them to accomplish what you can. It’s better than nothing at all and who knows where it will lead?

Here’s what happened to me recently. I went to Nepal but only for 30 hours. Why such a short stop? Partly my bad planning and partly delayed flights and missed connections.

 

Even when travel is bad, it’s still good

I originally planned a trip to Myanmar, then on to Bangladesh and Nepal before going to meet up with my niece who was traveling in India. So the big plan was to fly from San Diego to Yangon, travel around the region, and then return home from Delhi.

But travel doesn’t always work out. The departing flight was delayed which meant I would miss a connection in San Francisco. So instead of departing on Monday I didn’t leave till Wednesday. Since the return flight home was already booked, the trip became shorter than planned.

Also, when I was in Bangladesh I realized the local flights to Nepal only went three days a week instead of everyday so that limited my options.

So if I wanted to go to Nepal I could only stay one night. What? Only one night?? That’s not exactly what I envisioned but I decided to go anyway.

 

30 hours in Kathmandu

So I arrived in Kathmandu at 9:30 a.m. and made it to the hotel around 11:30. What to do? The hotel staff introduced me to an English speaking taxi driver. For $45 we spent most of the afternoon driving around Kathmandu stopping wherever I wanted and seeing the sights.

Back to the hotel around 4:00 p.m., a beer on the rooftop deck, and then a walk to a nearby park. Dinner next door to the hotel at a great restaurant.

The next morning I walked through an area of shops to a temple that was severely damaged during the quake. Along the way I talked to merchants who survived the earthquake and heard their stories of the chaos.

The owner of the hotel also told about a shortage of guests after the earthquake and how their building had no damage. Several people staying at the hotel also told me their stories. They had been assisting with the aftermath of the earthquake in town near the epicenter.

Around 2:00 p.m. I took a taxi to the airport and was on my way to India.

 

Was it worth it?

So was it worth it to stop by Nepal for about 30 hours? Of course. I had many unique experiences, heard the stories of interesting people, and was able to see first hand the impact of a huge earthquake. Even though I did a lot in a short period of time, it wasn’t frantic or rushed.

If you’re thinking about a trip, go ahead and go. Even a short trip to a new destination can open your eyes to amazing experiences.

And anything else in life you want to do but think you don’t have the time or money or experience? Go ahead and start. Who knows where it will lead?

 

 

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2 Responses to Go ahead and go

  1. Anthony June 26, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    Awesome, Kurt. What a great whistle stop. I didn’t start travelling for twenty five years after I should have, but since then I’ve hardly stopped. It’s such a buzz visiting different places.

  2. Kurt July 2, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    Anthony, thanks for the comment and sorry I didn’t reply sooner. Your website says you’re from New Zealand and currently living on Greek island? I haven’t been to either but they’re definitely on my list. Greece must be a great part of the world to start on a trip. Hope you have some lots of destinations planned for the rest of 2015! Kurt

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